Stabbings net man jail time

A man charged with aggravated assault after a stabbing incident in Harewood last year that sent two men to hospital with life-threatening injuries will serve two years jail time.

Police recommended charges of attempted murder against Shane Alexander Parkin, 20. Those charges were downgraded to aggravated assault by Crown counsel.

Parkin was scheduled to stand trial in Supreme Court in Nanaimo Feb. 20-29, but Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie said Parkin decided to enter a guilty plea to one count of aggravated assault, which named both victims, on Nov. 21.

He said Parkin was sentenced to two years jail time on top of the nine months he'd already served in pre-trial custody.

Parkin also received two years probation and a 10-year firearms prohibition and he must submit a DNA sample.

A police report states the stabbings happened at 2:50 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2011 on Howard Avenue near Second Street when two men, ages 20 and 25, encountered a third man, who stabbed both men multiple times.

The victims were able to describe their attacker to police and Parkin was arrested nearby a short time later.

At the time, police called the attack vicious and said it appeared to be unprovoked.

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